Proper street lighting in cities had always been an issue. First implemented by Baltimore and soon followed suit by Newport, kerosene lamps fueled by the city-wide gas works solved the issue effectively. Ralph E. Brierley shares a personal story from his time lighting these city lamps in 1912.
Brierley, Ralph E.
Newport History: Vol. 59:
201, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol59/iss201/4